Maggie Makes Four!

This journal started off documenting the adoption of our youngest daughter. It now follows the twist and turns of our lives as we raise these two amazing little creatures into the best women they can become.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Two Month Update, etc.

In honor of our second month anniversary with Maggie, we recently watched the video of our family union. I always knew Maggie was frightened when she was handed to us, but I never realized exactly how terrified she was until we saw the video. Now I know she didn't cry at first, because she was too afraid to cry. Poor thing. When she did finally let loose and scream it is little wonder she screamed for hours.

Seeing the video makes Maggie's transition into a happy, boisterous toddler even more amazing. It doesn't seem like two months since Maggie joined our family. She fits in so well, it seems like she has always been here. I just wanted to update everyone on Maggie's progress.

Maggie is sleeping in her crib at night as well as for naps. No more futons and strollers! It was a very painless transition. I waited until I knew she was comfortable in our house and made the change over a week. She really did well. A few screaming fits, but far fewer than I expected.

Maggie has started to drink fluids other than formula. I started with whole milk and have recently had success with juice. I can even get her to drink water if I give her a cup. So, again, she has made great progress on her little drinking "problem".

Maggie is still a very selective eater. If Maggie had it her way, she would only eat crackers. She loves all crackers and doesn't willingly eat much else. She will even fight me on food I know she likes until I get the first bite in her mouth, then she will relax and eat. Maggie also wants to use a spoon. Tonight I forgot to give her one and she threw her food on the floor in protest. Once she got her spoon she was fine and ate her dinner with her hands. She just wanted that spoon.

All in all, Maggie is a delightful, spirited 15 month old. Incidently, she currently has bronchilitis, not to be confused with bronchitis. It is the result of a virus called RSV (the family who emailed me privately should get a kick out of this). She most likely got it from La Nina and this virus is most likely the cause of La Nina's pnuemonia. Maggie is doing well. She is a tough patient (she has no issue letting me know loudly when she is uncomfortable), but seems to be responding well to all of her medicine.


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